The electric toothbrush is not a new concept; this technology has been around for several years. Over 30 percent of Americans own a rotating or oscillating toothbrush, with many of them choosing the electric device over the manual variation because of how effective it can clean teeth. However, there are also other benefits which one can get from an electric toothbrush:
- It is more cost effective – Patients often assume that an electric toothbrush is more expensive to use. While it is more costly upfront, electric toothbrushes are slightly cheaper in the long term, with most brush heads having to be changed between three to six months, in contrast to manual toothbrushes that are most effective for an average of a month.
- Environmentally friendly – Apart from the longer service life, an electric toothbrush’s brush head requires less material to produce. Environmental experts have pointed out that it can take as much as 40 replacement heads to match the amount of plastic used on a manual brush.
- Takes care of your gums – In an attempt to get a good clean, most of us brush too vigorously when using a manual brush, resulting to pressure on the gums. This results in gum injury or recession. With the rotations and vibrations of an electric brush however, we simply place the brush on the area that needs to be cleaned, and easily avoid pressing on the gums too hard. The massaging properties of an electric brush also helps improve blood circulation in the gums